To make homemade lotion, mix 1/2 cup almond or olive oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup beeswax in a glass jar. Add 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter, essential oils, or vanilla extract if you prefer. Heat the jar in a medium saucepan filled with water, and transfer to a clean storage jar.
Prepare a mason jar, or reuse a clean, empty glass jar previously used for pickles or other foods. After combining the ingredients, cover the jar loosely with a lid. Vitamin E oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and natural extracts are optional ingredients for better nourishing benefits. Pour a few inches of water onto a medium saucepan, turn on the stove to medium heat, and put the mason jar containing the combined ingredients in the saucepan.
When the ingredients begin melting, stir occasionally to blend them well. Transfer the fully melted ingredients into another jar for storage. Use 8-ounce mason jars, as homemade lotions are not easy to apply using lotion pumps.
Because the ingredients are shelf stable and not mixed with water, the homemade lotion is likely to remain usable for up to six months. Apply daily as a regular lotion to experience its moisturizing effects, or use it to relieve diaper rash on babies, reduce eczema or prevent stretch marks.